The Rise of The “Mega-Farm”: How British Meat Is Made

In Herefordshire the river Wye curls through market towns, forests of oak and yellow fields tall with rapeseed. It is an area of outstanding natural beauty – walkers come to the area to traverse Offa’s Dyke, go fishing or catch a glimpse of herons, bats or polecats. Which makes the sight just down the road […]

Turkish-YPG Clashes Rage Around Critical Sites in Northern Syria

Turkey and its Syrian rebel allies have stepped up attacks against Syrian Kurdish fighters in northwest Syria, part of an effort to roll back the US-supported group known as the People’s Protection Units (YPG), which Turkish officials call a threat to Turkey’s national security.

Are More Bankruptcies On The Way For U.S. Oil? – Editorial

Something that’s been whispered about in the last few months is now being talked about loudly: U.S. oil drillers’ debts. There have been a few notable warnings that shale boomers might want to slow down their production boost lest they bring on another price crash, but the truth seems to be that they can’t do […]

Rival Jihadists Clash in Syria’s Idlib

The Idlib Province in northwestern Syria is materially the whole territory of several large rebel groups in the country at this point, with a lot of Islamist factions setting up shop there and forming various umbrella organizations. Though ideologically similar, these groups often have conflicting interests, and have fought intermittently. That’s happening again this weekend, […]

Almost 1 in 3 Bavarians For Independence From Germany and EU

Almost one in three people in Germany’s wealthy southern state of Bavaria supports independence for the region, according to a poll released yesterday. Thirty-two percent of respondents in a survey carried out by YouGov for the popular German daily Bild said they were in favor of an independent Bavaria, separated from the rest of Germany […]

Mosul Residents Face Mass Persecution for Alleged Isis Collaboration

“The people of Mosul will receive their salaries, while the people of Basra will receive the bodies of their martyrs,” runs a bitter comment on Iraqi social media. Many Iraqis see the inhabitants of Mosul as willing collaborators with Isis during its three years in power in the city. In particular, there are calls for […]

The DOE Is About To Release A Controversial Study of The Grid

A controversial study of the electric grid, requested by Energy Secretary Rick Perry in April, is finally expected to be released this month. And to some experts, its exact purpose remains, well, questionable at best. In an April memo to energy department staff, Perry called for a study investigating whether certain federal energy policies, such […]

The Spoils of War: Afghanistan’s Multibillion Dollar Heroin Trade – Editorial

Since the US led invasion of Afghanistan in October 2001, the Golden Crescent opium trade has soared. According to the US media, this lucrative contraband is protected by Osama, the Taliban, not to mention, of course, the regional warlords, in defiance of the “international community”. The heroin business is said to be “filling the coffers […]

Jeff Sessions Announces Justice Department Will Increase Asset Forfeiture

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the Justice Department will issue new directives to increase the federal govenment’s use of civil asset forfeiture, a controversial practice that allows law enforcement to seize property from suspected criminals without charging them with a crime. Speaking at a National District Attorneys Association conference in Minneapolis Monday, Sessions said […]

Russian Gas Exports to Europe & Turkey Surge 12% Year-on-Year

Russian state energy major Gazprom has increased gas exports to Europe and Turkey to 102.9 billion cubic meters since the beginning of the year, marking a 12.3 percent increase from the same period a year ago. In particular, gas exports to Germany are up 16.7 percent. Austria saw a 77.2 percent rise in gas supplies […]

Turkey: We’re Buying Both Russian and European Air Defense

Turkey has reached agreements with both a Russian company and a European consortium to buy air defense systems, without explaining how it plans to carry out both acquisitions — seemingly mutually exclusive — at the same time. On July 13, Bloomberg reported, citing unnamed officials, that Turkey had agreed to pay $2.5 billion for Russia’s […]

What Lies Behind Flare-Up At India-China-Bhutan Junction? – Editorial

A long-running border dispute is once more on the boil after India’s army, on behalf of Bhutan, allegedly tried to stop Chinese road building work on the Donglang or Doklam Plateau. The incident, which happened at the India-China-Bhutan junction on June 4, sparked a stand-off between troops on both sides.

Poland’s New Judicial Reform ‘Drops Any Democratic Pretense’

The Polish government has slowly but surely been dismantling democracy in the country. Legal expert Anne Sanders tells DW that, with its latest law, the government has cast off the last pretense of democracy. Anne Sanders: What I can say with certainty is that it is not on a good path. Since the beginning of […]

Trump’s Air War Has Already Killed More Than 2,000 Civilians

Civilian casualties from the U.S.-led war against the so-called Islamic State are on pace to double under President Donald Trump, according to an Airwars investigation for The Daily Beast Airwars researchers estimate that at least 2,300 civilians likely died from Coalition strikes overseen by the Obama White House—roughly 80 each month in Iraq and Syria. […]

With Release of NAFTA Negotiating Objectives, Our New Infographic Makes Sense of It All

The United States Trade Representative (USTR) has just released its trade negotiating objectives [PDF] for a revision of NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement between the United States, Mexico, and Canada. NAFTA is expected to open up a new front in big content’s neverending battle for stricter copyright rules, following the unexpected defeat of […]